One-Third of U.S. Adults Delayed or Skipped Health Care During Pandemic

More than one in three nonelderly adults reported delaying or forgoing at least one type of health care service because of concerns about being exposed to the coronavirus or because a provider limited services during the pandemic, according to a new Urban Institute study. Rates of delayed or forgone care were particularly high among adults with mental health conditions. Dental care was the most common type of health care adults chose to postpone or skip. The study also suggested that almost 33% of the adults who delayed or went without care reported a negative effect on their health, ability to work, or ability to perform other daily activities.

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Jinghong Chen

Jinghong Chen Reporter

Jinghong has been producing infographics and data stories on employer-sponsored insurance, public health insurance programs and prescription drug coverage for AIS Health’s Health Plan Weekly and Radar on Drug Benefits since 2018. She also manages AIS Health’s annual executive compensation database for top insurers and Blue Cross and Blue Shield affiliates. Before joining AIS Health, she interned at WBEZ, Al Jazeera English and The New York Times Chinese. She graduated from Missouri School of Journalism with a focus on data journalism and international reporting.

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